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Agenda targets Sunday hunting

When Halifax County Board of Supervisors meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax, saying no to Sunday hunting is expected to top the board’s agenda.

ED-1 Supervisor J. T. Davis has requested the board consider adopting resolutions opposing Sunday hunting and limiting the hunting of antlerless deer “to better preserve the hunting traditions of Halifax County.”

The full House of Delegates last week passed HB 1237 by a 71-27 vote, and in spite of an attempt to amend the Sunday hunting bill to add a local option, the bill has now passed the House and the Senate.  

The Senate Agriculture sub-committee passed their version of the bill, SB 154, Thursday on a vote of 9-4.  It is also expected to pass the full Senate, and Governor Terry McAuliffe already has stated he will sign the bill into law, according to Del. James Edmunds, who is against the bill and voted no on the legislation saying he is very opposed to allowing hunting on Sundays.

The bill will allow Sunday hunting by repealing the current ban on Sunday hunting on private lands.

It will still require hunters to have written permission from the landowner, and hunting with deer dogs will be prohibited. Hunters also will not be allowed to hunt within 200 yards of a house of worship, according to the bill.

Currently, Virginia is one of six states that ban Sunday hunting.

Numerous hunting groups along with the National Rifle Association support the Sunday hunting legislation.

However, rural lawmakers and the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance political action committee are opposed to the bill.

Supervisors are expected to adopt the resolution that does not support hunting in any form on Sunday beyond what is currently authorized and urges member of the Virginia General Assembly and Board of Directors of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to oppose any additional laws or regulations that would authorize expanded hunting on Sunday.

A second resolution supervisors are expected to consider tonight involves curtailing the harvest of antlerless deer and aligning deer hunting days in a manner similar to Mecklenburg and Charlotte counties.

In recent years, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has permitted an extended 43-day antlerless deer season in Halifax County that exceeds the season in neighboring counties.

The result, according to Davis, has been an excessive harvest of antlerless deer.

The resolution Davis is asking supervisors to adopt tonight calls on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to review the current deer hunting regulations and harvest in the county and reduce the number of days when antlerless deer are permitted to be taken to be consistent with adjacent Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties.

In other business tonight, supervisors are expected to take the following actions:

Consider authorizing a public hearing for a conditional use permit application filed by Pulliam Motorsports;

W. A. Stratton Construction has made the request to build a proposed race shop for Pulliam Motorsports adjacent to 2103 Alton Post Office Road on the south side of State Route 711, approximately two-tenths of a mile east of its intersection with Mill Pond Road (State Route 701.)

 Consider approving Virginia International Raceway’s 2014 event schedule;

 Receive a monthly status report from the Virginia Department of Transportation and be informed that establishment of a school zone is not warranted for Pathways Day School on State Route 613 based on the fact the school is located on a dead end road in close proximity to the dead end;

 Consider making appointments to the Southside Regional Group Home Commission, Improvement Council, Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, Southside Planning District Commission, Airport Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission and Recreation Commission. 

At the conclusion of Monday night’s meeting, supervisors are expected to go behind closed doors in an executive session to discuss specific personnel matters; the acquisition or disposition of property; the protection of the privacy of individuals in personal matters not related to public business; a prospective business or industry or expansion of an existing business; consult with legal council and discuss award of a public contract involving public funds.